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November 28, 2016

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The next faculty meeting will be on Tuesday, December 21, 2016, at 10:30 AM-11:30 AM.  The AMS dial # is: 5704304.

Congratulations to recent Entomology Department grant awardees:

  • Elizabeth Beers is the recipient of a grant in the amount of $6,000 from DOW Support Concerning Insect Control on Tree Fruits (11/22/2016)
  • Jay Brunner is the recipient of a grant from BASF in the amount of $15,000. Support Concerning Disease Control on Tree Fruits (11/22/2016)

For more info go to:

It was announced that Dr. John Stark will transition to full-time leadership of the Washington Stormwater Center (WSC) effective July 1, 2017.  Dr. Stark has been the Director of the WSU Puyallup Research and Extension Center since 2008 and assumed the additional work of serving as the WSC Director in 2010. The stormwater center was created in 2010 with the support and financial backing of the Washington State Legislature and several pivotal foundations, including the Boeing Company, Bullitt Foundation and Russell Family Foundation. John has been a tireless advocate for stormwater research and has been at the forefront of the national conversation about the effects of polluted stormwater on sentinel species including salmon and other aquatic organisms.  Under his leadership, the center added the new low-impact development (LID) research facility, where permeable pavements, bioretention systems, and rain gardens help researchers understand how runoff affects the urban environment. John also oversaw the addition of the new aquatic toxicology lab, and recruited faculty including Dr. Jenifer McIntyre, an aquatic ecotoxicologist who works to protect salmon from toxic runoff. As full-time director, John’s leadership is needed to guide a five-year, $3.5 million WSU Grand Challenge project developing green stormwater infrastructure to save energy and provide clean water for people and fish.

WSU created the Grand Challenges in 2016 to focus the university’s research and innovation on critical national and global problems. Grand Challenge funding allows the center to seek designation as a Center of Excellence from the Environmental Protection Agency. The Stormwater Grand Challenge includes three permanent faculty positions, an ecosystem scholar, an Extension economist that works on water issues, and a biogeochemist and microbiologist who works on microbe communities that break down stormwater pollutants. John has a Ph.D. in Entomology/Pesticide Toxicology from the University of Hawaii and a M.S. in Entomology from Louisiana State University.  Recruitment and transition to a new director at the WSU Puyallup REC is expected to be complete by July 1, 2017. Tatum Weed, Associate Director of the Puyallup REC, will assist in Stark’s transition to the full-time Director of the Stormwater Center. A new assistant director will also be recruited to support the Stormwater Center.


Brandon Hopkins, in the Sheppard Lab, was featured in a 11/29/16 KREM TV segment titled “WSU researchers work to breed stronger honey bees.” To view the segment, go to:

The work of Steve Sheppard’s Lab was featured in the WSU News article on Nov. 28, 2016.  To read the article go to: 

A new event notice has been posted to myFacilities for a campus facility/space that you subscribed to. Below is the summary detail for this notice. Please click the hyperlink below or copy into your browser for more information regarding this event.
Event Title:   Shutdown of Supply Fan #3; Food Science and Human Nutrition building.

Location of Work: All office spaces located in the FSHN building.

Dates: Dec 13 2016 8:00AM – Dec 13 2016 4:00PM



christmas-treeThe CAHNRS Sharing Trees have been set up on the 2nd floor in Johnson Hall, the ground floor in the FSHN Lobby and in Johnson Tower.  Represented agencies are Pullman Community Child Care Center, Latah Christmas for Kids and the Pullman Humane Society.  Gifts are to be turned in by Dec. 12 to Hulbert Hall 101.


Fall 2016 Course Evaluations for all campus based courses are now open for your students.  They will close on Friday, December 16, 2016. IMPORTANT: Students will access course evaluations through their myWSU Student Dashboard at:

  1. Students will login using their WSU network ID and password.
  2. Once logged in, they will see a link to their appropriate course evaluation(s).

We request that you do your very best to encourage students to participate in the course evaluation process.  Return rates are always a challenge so here are some way to enroll your students into participating in this important process.

  • Remind students more than once the course evaluations are open.
  • Explain to students how you have used student feedback in the past to improve your class.
  • Explain how course evaluations are used during the annual review process to monitor the quality of teaching.
  • Allow students to access their smartphones and/or computer for 15 minutes during lecture to complete the assessment.
  • Offer extra credit for completing the process (even 5 points will make a difference to students).

Instructors will be able to view a list of students who have completed the evaluation through your myWSU account on December 17.


honey-jarHey all! There is still honey left from our honey sale. Can everyone who wants honey reply to Rachel Olsson at and tell her how many bottles you would like to buy? I want us to have a chance to get what we want, and figure out if there will be enough honey to make it worth doing another sale, or if we can just sell the rest to the people within the building/department. If I can get responses on who would like honey and how much by Monday, that would be great. If it seems like we’ll still have a bunch of honey, then I’ll get the paperwork submitted to do the second sale on Dec 9, as discussed during the EGSA meeting.

Note for Students outside of Pullman Campus:

Off-campus students only— Please reply to Debra Marsh ( immediately if you have interest in this course being broadcast to the station(s).  No promises – just gathering interest.  This would be a good follow up to Dr. Crowder’s course for students interested in broader treatment of regression. It’s complementary training.

STAT 530 Applied Linear Models 3 (2-2) The design and analysis of experiments by linear models. Recommended preparation: One 3-hour 300-level STAT course.

Inclement Weather Reminder:  Winter is here!  Faculty and staff are encouraged to be aware of personnel processes during times of inclement weather and/or periods of suspended operations.  Information is available on the Human Resource Services website providing links to policies, procedures, and resources:       Other useful websites include:

Inclement Weather FAQs:

Suspended Operations FAQs:

Campus Alert information (including links for each campus):

Facilities Services winter snow removal information:

Please contact Human Resource Services at 509-335-4521 or for additional information or if you have further questions.

Tree Fruit mini-Symposium Post-Harvest Systems: Needs and Opportunities for Future Research.  Thursday, Dec. 15, 2016, 9-10:45 AM, at WSU TFREC 1100 N. Western Ave, Wenatchee and will be available in Pullman via AMS.  Speakers will be:  Dr. Chris Watkins (Cornell Univ.), Recent Advances in Post Harvest Systems in New York: Global Perspective of Needs and Opportunities for Future Research; Dr. Peter Toivonen (Agriculture & Agri-Food Canada) Recent Advances in Post Harvest Systems in British Columbia: Global Perspective of Needs and Opportunities for Future Research; Dr. Jim Mattheis (USDA-ARS), Washington Perspective Needs and Opportunities for Future Research.  The symposium will be followed by a stakeholder discussion (10:50-11:15 AM).  For more info contact Kate Evans at 509 630 6104 or



See attachment for details on these positions.

  1. Lab Manager, College of Natural Resources, UC Berkeley, Berkeley, CA
  2. Entomologist II, State of Mississippi, Sunflower County, MS
  3. Plant Protection Specialist, State of Oklahoma, Central Oklahoma
  4. Farm Manager, Michigan State University, East Lansing, MI
  5. Insect Molecular Biologist, Univ. of Montana, Missoula, MT
  6. Research Associate, Univ Florida Topical Res. & Ed Ctr, Homestead, FL
  7. Bioinformatics Res. Assoc I, Entomology & Plant Path, Univ. Tennessee, Knoxville, TN
  8. Research Assoc (Postdoc), Mid-Columbia Agricultural Research & Extension Center, Hood River, OR

New Student Programs is looking for current graduate students to help with our Summer Alive! program. We are specifically looking for students who are would like to enhance their leadership and supervisory skills. They must also be willing to work long hours and provide the best customer service to our incoming students and their families. If you know students who would be interested, please forward them our position description.  If they are interested, we just need a resume and cover letter emailed to me ( by Wednesday, December 7, 2016. The pay is $ 7,722.00 for the summer (May-July).

Student-Athlete Development is looking to recruit students that might be interested in a tutoring Job beginning next semester (Spring 2017).  I am the Tutor Coordinator for Student-Athlete Development and I am looking for high achieving students that might want to share their knowledge with other students.  We have a multitude of different classes that will need tutoring, ranging from 100 level UCORE classes to upper division classes including many CAHNRS courses. Our main hours of tutoring are Mondays-Thursdays from 6:30pm-9:30pm.  We do have some daytime hours available between 9am and 6:30pm as well, but these are going to be determined based on the tutor and student’s schedule as we closer to the Spring semester.  These are 1 hour sessions and the pay is $11 per hour.  The tutors are required to attend 10 hours of Tutor Training and they are paid for attending it!  They come out of that training as a Nationally Certified Tutor through the College of Reading and Learning Association.  For more info contact: Leah Schultz, Tutor Coordinator/Academic Advisor,, 509-335-9852.

The Office of Multicultural Student Services is hiring student tutors.  Pay is $10/hr.  Applications are available in CUB 421C or on-line at

Important Dates and Deadlines

The December deadline for submitting notices of our awards and accomplishments received by faculty and students is December 21st.  If you have anything to report please enter you information (published papers, news articles, presentations, professional, civic awards, etc.) via our Smartsheet system at

Please consider nominating deserving graduate students from your unit for these awards. Nominees for each scholarship should be sent directly to Alanna Ellis ( in the Academic Programs Office. CAHNRS deadline for nominees for all but the Graduate School Recruitment Scholarship for STEM Disciplines is Thursday, December 8, 2016.  Rich Zack, Interim Associate Dean of Academic Programs will make final selections for the college and submit nominations by the Graduate School deadline.

The CAHNRS Holiday Party will be on Thursday, December 8th from 4-6 PM at the Ensminger Pavilion.

Washington State Commission on Pesticide Registration has released the call for 2017 Request Proposals.

Proposals will be presented at the December 13 and 14, 2016 meeting in Ellensburg. See attachment for more details and application form.

Want to recruit excellent scholars to your program for Fall 2017? Consider nominating students for the Graduate School’s Research Assistantships for Diverse Scholars (RADS), which are intended to increase access and opportunities to graduate education for U.S. students from underrepresented/underserved communities and to increase graduate student diversity in our degree programs and Washington State University. Applications for RADS are due Monday, February 9th, 2017 at 5pm.  As an additional incentive, the Campus Visitation Program provides RADS nominees with a unique opportunity to visit WSU and meet with departments and communities on campus. The Campus Visitation Program has served as a powerful recruiting incentive for prospective WSU graduate students. Only students who are nominated for RADS or have been offered funding from the prospective department, will be eligible to participate in the Campus Visitation Program.  The campus visit will take place on the Pullman campus, March 5th– 8th, 2017.  For more information about guidelines and eligibility, and the RADS/ Campus Visitation Program nomination form, please visit our website:  and feel free to send questions to